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High-Resolution Martian Soil Thickness Derived from Yearly Surface Temperatures


Abstract The temperature of a planet's surface depends on numerous physical factors, including thermal inertia, albedo and the degree of insolation. Mars is a good target for thermal measurements because the low atmospheric pressure combined with the extreme dryness results in a surface dominated by large differences in thermal inertia, minimizing the effect of other physical properties. Since heat is propagated into the surface during the day and re-radiated at night, surface temperatures are affected by sub-surface properties down to several thermal skin depths. Because of this, orbital surface temperature measurements combined with a computational thermal model can be used to determine sub-surface structure. This technique has previously been... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Heath, Simon Nicholas (Author) / Christensen, Philip (Advisor) / Bel, James (Advisor) / Hervig, Richard (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Geology / Remote sensing / Planetology / Mars / THEMIS / thermal inertia
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 43 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Geological Sciences 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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